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Which one is the best Sydney Harbour cruise?


May 30th, 2015, 06:28 PM
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Which one is the best Sydney Harbour cruise?

There are lots of choices when it comes to Sydney harbour cruise, but which one is the most affordable? What are the pros and cons of the following harbour cruises?
What can you say about All Occasion Cruises, Captain Cook and also Magistic cruises?

Please share your experience. Which one is the best value for my money?

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May 31st, 2015, 02:18 PM
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If you want a harbour trip without a commentary, take the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. Have a wander around, have some lunch and take the ferry back. Minimum cost.
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May 31st, 2015, 06:13 PM
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Thank you Marg! I'm gonna give it a try. Do they have a website?
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May 31st, 2015, 07:04 PM
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How many days are you staying in Sydney? You can easily by a 24-hour pass, a weekly pass, etc., and take the different ferries to explore the various parts of the harbor. A wonderful way to really get to know the city. It is very affordable.
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May 31st, 2015, 09:00 PM
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I agree - skip the harbor cruise and just take the ferry. We took the ferry out to Manly and it was great. We had lunch and beers at 4 Pines Brewery on Manly, wandered around, went to the beach, then took the ferry back to Circular Quay.
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The Manly Ferry is part of the public transport system - you just buy a ticket when you get to the wharf. We did this trip last week, and it is a great way to see the city from a different angle. There are plenty of eateries once you get to Manly, so you could easily spend the day going there and back from the city. The trip takes around 40 minutes.

Once you get to Manly, if you walk the full length of the Corso, then turn right and go to the end of the beach, there is a lovely little walk that takes you around to Shelly Beach - a pretty little beach area complete with kiosk.

The information about the public transport system is at www.131500.com.au You can enter details about where you want to go from and to, choose the mode of transport, and complete directions, timetable etc are all there to see. Di
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Jun 1st, 2015, 01:20 AM
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I stayed for 2 days in Sydney. Last night, i tried http://www.aocruises.com.au/vivid-lights/ it was $39. I was on board MV Aussie Magic. It was a spectacular view on a different perspective.

I didn't get bored on a 2 hr cruise. It was a good experience for me because it was my first time. It's like a dry run before trying a big cruise ship! Then I tried Manly for lunch today. But i prefer the food from All Occasion cruises.

Maybe tonight I will just take a walk to see Custom House.

Thank you guys for wonderful advices! Cheers!

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Jun 1st, 2015, 02:22 AM
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Go & see Customs House. It is spectacular.

Where did you eat in Manly?
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You haven't mentioned age but seniors get a very cheap daily public transport ticket in Sydney which includes ferries, trains and buses. I think we paid $2.50 each when we were there earlier in the year.
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Jun 4th, 2015, 06:16 AM
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Hi Bokhara2,
I tried Izumi. I highly recommend it, If you fancy traditional Japanese cuisine. It was my first time in Izumi.
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wendy [great surname BTW!] we were in Sydney for 5 nights and just hopped on the ferries whenever we wanted to go somewhere.

If you're there for any period of time, a transport ticket is a really good idea.

One of the nicest trips we did was to catch the ferry from circular Quay to Watson's point, then catch the bus to Bondi and back.. [you could walk but it's a looooong way].

we liked Watson's itself - believe it or not the library has great cafe, [which calls itself a teashop but closes at about 3pm but IS open for breakfast and lunch] there is a terrific gelateria opposite the bus stop at the top of the hill, and there is a very nice little beach opposite the library. Also a great and reasonably priced seafood restaurant by the quay.

To get to the bus stop you walk up the hill away from the quay, admire the rocks and view at the top [and take note of the signs offering help if you feel suicidal!] and then catch the bus.

We were less impressed with Bondi than Manly; once you get off the boat you have to walk through the town to the beach but if it's too rough you can walk south along the beach front to Cabbage Tree Bay and swim in the sheltered waters there. [though take shoes for your feet as the pebbles are very sharp]. Also some nice restaurants and bars round there.
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Hi, Wendy, the public ferries are hard to beat on Sydney Harbour with a day excursion ticket.

From Circular quay you can go to Manly for lunch and a nice walk around, as mentioned above.

Or you can get a combined ferry/admission to Taronga Park Zoo, which is a fine excursion with or without children.

Or you can go to Watson's Bay at the South ahead entrance to the harbour for lunch at the pub and a nice walk.

Or you can take the Rivercat to Parramatta for convict history and also a nice lunch and walk around.

Or to Hunters Hill. or to Neutral Bay. or to Balmain.

all of these outings on the public ferries will cost far less than a private cruise (not that there's anything wrong with these, either, it's just that you have more flexibility on the ferries).
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